DrHarah Chon


Dr Harah Chon

Programme Leader, MA Design
  • PhD, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design, Hong Kong
  • MBA (Distinction), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Graduate School of Business, Hong Kong
  • BFA, Parsons School of Design, The New School, NYC

Harah is a Korean-American design practitioner, researcher and educator. She is currently Programme Leader for MA Design and teaches in the BA(Hons) Design Communication, BA(Hons) Fashion Design & Textiles and BA(Hons) Fashion Media & Industries Programmes.

Harah began her professional career in New York as a fashion designer at Ralph Lauren before pursuing postgraduate studies in Hong Kong. She holds a PhD in Design Epistemology, through which she examined the ontological structures of knowledge representation to produce a culture-based taxonomy of design knowledge. The research framework of her PhD thesis was published as a book chapter in The Routledge Companion to Design Research.

As a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Science of Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Harah studies design metaphors through narratives and cultural epistemologies. Her current research activities focus on design theory and philosophy across the themes of collaborative design frameworks, disruptive approaches to interdisciplinary design, intangible culture and heritage, and knowledge transference. She advocates the furthering of discourses on design and cultural sustainability, social design and design knowledge.

Research and Practice
  • From Design Thinking to Design Knowing: An Educational Perspective, Journal of Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, 18(2), 187-200 (2019)
  • Cybernetic Design. Singapore Human Computer Interaction Group, Singapore Management University, Singapore (2019)
  • Social Innovation and Co-Creation through Design: Utilising Natural Resources to Facilitate Sustainable Development. Paper published Proceedings of Cumulus Rovaniemi: Around the Campfire, Resilience and Intelligence, University of Lapland, Finland (2019)
  • Demystifying Design. Lien Centre for Social Innovation, Singapore Management University, Singapore (2019)
  • Plan D: The Social Role of Design. Article published in Social Space Magazine, Lien Centre for Social innovation. Singapore Management University, Singapore (2018)
  • The Design Dialogue” Social Conversations, Social Space Magazine. Lien Centre for Social Innovation, Singapore Management University, Singapore (2018)
  • The Impact and Benefits that Blockchain will bring to the Creative Industry. Design of Business, Business of Design on Blockchain, Singapore (2018)
  • Collective Individualism in Design. Paper presented at Cumulus Paris: To Get There, Conférence des Écoles Supérieures d’Arts Appliqués de Paris, France (2018)
  • Social Innovation through Design: A Model for Design Education. Paper presented at Cumulus Paris: To Get There, Conférence des Écoles Supérieures d’Arts Appliqués de Paris, France (2018)
  • Learning through Disruptive Interactions. Paper presented at REDO Cumulus, Design School Kolding, Denmark (2017)
  • Growing and Sustaining Creative Pattern Cutting as a Recognised Profession in Asia. Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 9(2), pp.161–167. London: Taylor & Francis (2016)
  • Linguistic Relativity and the Language of Design: A Southeast Asian Perspective. Emerging Practices Conference, Tongji University College of Innovation and Design, China (2015)
  • Knowledge Convergence: Research Boundaries in Collaborative Practice. Paper published in Proceedings of The Theory and Reality of the Convergence in Arts: International Conference on Arts and Design, Interdisciplinary Studies. Sungkyunkwan University, Korea (2015)
  • Exploring Research Space in Fashion: The Fluidity of Knowledge between Designers, Individuals and Society, in Rodgers, P. & Yee, J. (eds). Routledge Companion to Design Research, pp.72–86, London: Routledge (2014)
  • Fashion as Aesthetic Experience: A Discussion of Subject-Object Interaction. Paper published in Proceedings of 5th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research: Consilience and Innovation in Design, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan (2013)
  • An Investigation of Spatially Fluid Knowledge within the Retail System. Paper published in Proceedings of Experiential Knowledge Special Interest Group 2013 Conference: Knowing Inside Out – Experiential Knowledge, Expertise and Connoisseurship, Loughborough University, UK (2013)
  • Defining Design Knowledge: A Cultural Examination of Young Chinese Consumers. Paper included in One Inch of KeSi Silk, One Ounce of Gold: The Fifth Revival of China’s Kesi Design and Production Industry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (2013)
  • Design Knowledge as a Tool for Initiating Change: Rethinking the Design Process. Paper presented at Swiss Design Network Symposium (2012)
  • Disruptive Interaction, Scuola Universitaria Professionale (2012)